Ishmael | Rising Tide Brewing Company

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217 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rising Tide Brewing Company
Maine, United States
risingtidebrewing.com

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ishmael is our richly-flavored American copper ale. This American interpretation of the altbiers of Düsseldorf is brewed with continental Munich malt, American-grown hops, and a clean-fermenting ale yeast to produce a slightly sweet and malty beer balanced by a firm bitterness.

Added by sogrady on 09-15-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
217
Reviews:
62
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
11.44%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
46
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The appearance has a copper brown colored body with a small tan lumpy head with a speckled lacing. The smell has a light sort of mild malts and hops with a light cooked apples and an added sort of bread/biscuitiness. The taste is basically sweet through the previously mentioned flavors. On the palate, its mostly on a medium sort of body with a nice sessionable sort of quality to it. There is a decent light harshness on the tongue, no aftertaste or finish. Overall, this is good for the style and good for me.

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Photo of mmorris15
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a slightly murky copper, brown color.
S: Caramel, earth, citrus, and bread.
T: Sweet malt, followed by a very present earthy bitterness.
F: Fairly smooth, drinks very easy.
O: Nice beer that's balanced between light/sweet and bitter. Drinks very easy at 4.9% ABV.

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Photo of Ryan_DelMastro
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurzman
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeff137
4.81/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Fitzy01
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nichols33
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sgregory
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of I3eer
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BFCarr
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Matthowland
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JMills52
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.34/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle dated 07.26.2016

Pours slightly hazed copper with a frothy khaki colored foam head. Smells like toasted sweet malts, spice, copper penny, orange citrus, tannic black tea, pine sap, caramel, with some bitter herbal earthy grass and pine. Tastes like rye bread, vegetal spice, caramel, toasted malts, orange citrus, some dried apricot, tannic black tea, pine sap, with bitter herbal earthy grass and pine. Feels medium-light bodied, crisp with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice copper ale.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of braican
3.09/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Im4jojo
4.59/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I tried this brew on tap at the brewery in Portland, and, looking back at my "beer journal," I see that I gave it a so-so review. I liked it better from this bottle, which seems a bit strange to me. Anyway, love the name, as it is a reference to the classic MOBY DICK. First sip was mild, slightly bitter, but smooth, Second sip made me cringe, as it was VERY bitter. I was determined to keep on to the bottom of my pint glass, though! Simple lacingings of a small head, signifying not much carbonation. Interesting color: definitely true to its name. Third sip was smooth, enjoyable to the last drop. Definitely want to buy again. Great brewery atmosphere at RISING TIDE, too! Good people.

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Photo of byronic
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ScottK22
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ecto
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of scxcrunner
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sdeese21
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of David19457
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beer_deli
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I like to call this a good sophomore beer. The hops are present, but it does not hit you in the face. It's good if someone is looking to transition from light beers to something a little more rugged. The beer tastes as it smells, but it is very tolerable. Definitely one of my go-to options!

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Photo of selecter70
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draught. A brown/copper ale which always turn up near St. Patrick's Day and are typically underwhelming. However, this one is more in the altbier style and also leans towards somewhat to English rustic farm ales. The pour was a hazy dark copper brown with very little head or lacing. The smell was malty and yeasty but not clean smelling like other brown ales. The body was medium and the taste was a yeast-infused malt with cherry notes as well as rye bread, and just a hint of lemon hops to brighten it up. Definitely an interesting one

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Ishmael from Rising Tide Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 217 ratings.
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